‘Swiss cheese bones’ could cause mystery low back pain

The vast majority of low back pain emerges without injury, especially in old age. A new study sheds light on what may be going on.

Rachel Butch-JHU
Jan. 15, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine joints pain spine

How to make neurosurgery possible in the Brazilian Amazon

A new study offers a model for creating a sustainable neurosurgery programs in poor, remote locations.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers
Nov. 13, 2019 | futurity

~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine amazon brains brazil spine surgery

Watch: Spinal fluid waves flow into your brain as you sleep

This may be the first video of cerebrospinal fluid waves flowing through a sleeping person's brain.

Boston University
Nov. 7, 2019 | futurity

~5 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine brains sleep spine

Turtle spine signals reveal how movement starts

The neurons of itchy turtles show that movement most likely starts in a network of cells, not one "command center."

Anders Buch-Larsen
Oct. 7, 2019 | futurity

~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine als movement muscles nerve-cells spinal-cord-injury spine

Spine device trains hands of future physical therapists

The new "SpinalLog" device uses foam and sensors to let physical therapy students practice moving the spine—no patient required.

Holly Bennett-U. Melbourne
March 21, 2019 | futurity

~2 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine education hands learning physical-therapy spine

Surgery for adult scoliosis? Depends on your life

Is it better for adults with scoliosis to have corrective surgery or other treatment? Quality of life is the deciding factor, research finds.

Jim Dryden-WUSTL
Feb. 22, 2019 | futurity

~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine pain spine surgery

Injured neurons revert to ‘immature’ state to regrow

Knowing more about how peripheral nerves shut off certain genes to regrow after injury could lead to new therapies for people with spinal cord injuries.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University
Dec. 17, 2018 | futurity

~6 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine injuries nerves neurons spine

60,000-year-old skeleton hints that Neanderthals stood straight

A new 3D model of the ribcage of the most complete Neanderthal skeleton ever unearthed debunks the idea of a barrel-chested, hunched-over "caveman."

Kim Eckart-Washington
Oct. 31, 2018 | futurity

~8 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology bones fossils neanderthals ribs spine

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